Sunday, February 28, 2010

.44 Magnum Self Protection

When bad things happen to good people (if there is such a thing as a "good person"), some seek refuge by becoming reclusive; a social-emotional hermit, if you please. There are times such behavior appeals to me...greatly, as a matter of fact. But then, just at the right time, along comes my bride bringing her (essentially) ever-present smile and my fears (if it is fear) are melted by the her always-present warmth.
Truth is, there is no retreat far enough, nor any relief deep enough, to protect anyone from the vagaries of life.
Anyone who has no fears is either not sufficiently wise, or self sufficiently arrogant to recognize the transience of life and the intransigence of evil which is always on the attack in both the largest and smallest matters of one's existence. The Bible says, "What is man that thou art mindful of him?" [Psalms 8:4].
The answer to that song is sung in the life of Jesus Christ. Where would we be without Christ and without hope. Men and women of the world are without hope but do not know it because they believe there is no hope. And if there is no hope, then what is the point of the future except to gather, garner, and store up for the rainy days everyone knows are ahead. For the wicked the storm clouds over the horizon mean only trouble; so they store food and armaments. For those whose lives are hid in Christ the same storm clouds are announcing the latter rain of the Holy Spirit...which means that the coming of The Christ is not far behind.
We need to remember these things when we feel like retreating from the world and the daily (hourly) bad news. Christ longs to gather his children under his wings the same way a hen gathers her chicks; to live in His shadow; to abide under His wings. For those who fear...and these are fearful times...Jesus is our Best and Only Hope.
Remember...someday the sky will fall...e.c.

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